api·​cul·​ture ˈā-pə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce apiculture (audio)
: the keeping of bees especially on a large scale
apicultural adjective
apiculturist noun

Examples of apiculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Natural beekeepers are the radical dissenters of apiculture. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 This record of their work is likely to have lasting implications for our understanding of bees, their roles in ecosystems and the future of apiculture. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 Produced by native stingless honey bees, the local Maya outside of Cobá have mastered the art of apiculture, with all sorts of sweet selections on sale for visitors. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Sebastian and Camille Seusing poured a bucket of honey onto the ministry steps, saying it was contaminated with high levels of glyphosate that was sprayed onto fields near their apiculture business in Brandenburg state, which surrounds Berlin. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2020 Cities also have greater demand for local apiculture products. USA TODAY, 26 Dec. 2017 With a surface area of over 1.5 million ha, the area is used for livestock rearing, grazing, red deer farming, fodder production and apiculture. Alex Treadway, National Geographic, 14 June 2017

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Word History


probably from French, from Latin apis bee + French culture

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apiculture was in 1864

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“Apiculture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apiculture. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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